|College:||Castleton State '84 / '95|
|Major:||B.S. - Physical Education / M.A. - Education|
Hired in August of 2008, Matt Dempsey enters his fifth
season as the head women’s basketball coach at the United
States Merchant Marine Academy. Dempsey came to the Academy after
being the number one women’s assistant basketball coach at
the U.S. Naval Academy from 2003-2008.
Before his stint at Navy, Dempsey was the head men’s basketball coach at Green Mountain College for 13 seasons. He led the Eagles to five Mayflower Conference titles and to a 216-157 record during his tenure as head coach. Green Mountain advanced to the NAIA National Tournament four times under Dempsey. He earned five conference coach-of-the-year honors and was selected as the 1994 NAIA District 5 Coach of the Year. Dempsey left Green Mountain as the winningest coach in the program’s history. In 2011 he was inducted into the Green Mountain College Athletic Hall of Fame.
From 1986-1989 he was the head women’s basketball coach at Green Mountain College where he posted a 38-34 record in the three seasons.
Dempsey has had other coaching experience as he was the head women’s softball coach from 1990-2001.
As a player, Dempsey was a four-year starter at Castleton State College for the men’s basketball team and was a three-year letterwinner for the men’s soccer team. As a soccer player, Dempsey won the All-District V Honorable Mention Award and was selected to the All-Conference team in 1983. As a basketball player, he won the 1,000 Point Basketball Award in 1984. Dempsey was inducted to the Castleton State College Hall of Fame in 1997.
Dempsey received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 1984 from Castleton State College. In 1995, he received a Master’s degree in Education from Castleton State.
Dempsey is a native of Belmar, NJ. He currently resides in Flushing, NY and is the father of 20-year old daughter, Alyssa.